Running alongside the seminars on Renaissance Culture and Society are classes which emphasise the development of research, bibliographical, and palaeographical skills, with the option of specialising in English or Italian Palaeography. These sessions, mandatory for Centre students, are also open to interested students from departments such as English, History, Classics, Modern Languages and Art History. Although they are not assessed, informal tests and assignments are part of the skills training. A Certificate of Attendance will be awarded to students who attend 80%+ of the palaeography class, and who pass the short test set at the end of the spring term. References pertaining to your MA degree work may refer to your performance on any of these assignments as shown by your file.
As well as Palaeography, a selection of other skills sessions will be timetabled for all students, at some point during term 2 (Warwick). Do check the handbook / module timetable for further details. A sample of sessions available below:
- ‘Introduction to Warwick University Library / Bibliographic Searching for Renaissance Sources.' The purpose of this session is to introduce students to the resources and services available at the university library, and to explore some of the databases suitable for Renaissance Studies. (11 Jan 2018, 4-5pm)
- Dissertation Writing Workshop (23 Jan 2018, 10-11am)
- ‘Consulting Renaissance-related databases; building a bibliography; writing a literature review’. This session will review some of the foundations of academic writing in the field of Renaissance and Early Modern studies. You will have already explored the principal databases that will help you build a corpus of primary materials and critical bibliography, now we will discuss the principles of bibliographical referencing, and strategies for writing a literature review (state of the question). (6 Feb 2018, 10-11am)